Laurel2This spring, eighth grader Laurel enlivened a Burlingame preschool with a cheerful mural she designed and painted for her Recital Project. Her bright mural adorns the Village Park Preschool, a location she selected because she wanted people all of ages in her community to enjoy her art.

"I thought with the addition of my artwork, the preschool and playground would become more lively and fun for the children mainly, but everyone else too," Laurel said.

The entire project (including finding a wall to paint, getting permission, creating a design, and enlisting fellow students to help paint) extended from October through March. Painting the mural took about two months with the help of some Nueva students. Because the City of Burlingame owns the preschool, Laurel had to obtain official permission from the city. To do so, she submitted an application for public art, and presented to both the Parks and Recreation Commission and the Burlingame City Council.

tuvya2How it Started
Tuvya's fascination with geography began when he was four, and was given a globe by his grandmother. Then, when Tuvya was in first grade, teacher David Louis, parent of one of Tuvya's classmates, mentioned to Stephen Lessard, who ran the school Geo Bees, that Tuvya loved geography. Stephen invited Tuvya up to watch the Middle Schoolers compete, and he was hooked. His mom said, "Stephen has been a great mentor to Tuvya in terms of making geography accessible in a way that no one else could -- making opportunities for him and not worrying about Tuvya being too young."


Thumbnail imageNueva Future Problem Solving Teams won a clean sweep at this year's State Bowl – taking first place in the Junior Division Team Competition, Middle Division Team Competition, and Junior Division Individual Competition. The competitors demonstrated everything that is unique and special about Nueva – collaborative learning, cooperation, and creative problem solving. Congratulations to all of our competitors!

CarnegieHallThis spring, two Nueva students, Ila and Emma, both eighth graders, are appearing at Carnegie Hall in New York, one because of her dedication to music, the other because of her passion for writing and art. Their interests may be very different, but they share a commitment to their respective arts and a devotion to pursuing it at the highest levels.

MathCountsOn Saturday, February 5 in Palo Alto, Nueva's MathCounts team took first place in the Northern California MathCounts competition. They move on to the statewide contest at Stanford on March 19. MathCounts  is a national math coaching  and competition program that promotes middle school mathematics achievement through grassroots involvement in every U.S. state and territory. Nationwide involvement totals more than 350,000 students from 7,500 junior high schools.



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